While improvements along the low water crossing of Westlake's Camp Craft Road were originally set to begin in late May, they are now postponed to February.

The project, which will lift the existing road by 9 feet to prevent flash flooding from Eanes Creek, was delayed due to a mix of supply chain issues and timing concerns with the Eanes ISD school year, according to city staff.

The details

On May 22, West Lake Hills City Council heard updates from staff about road projects within the voter-approved, $7.9 million improvements bond package from 2021.

Project Manager Vicki Ortega said the delay of the Camp Craft Road project will allow the city to prioritize more minor improvements in the package first, including for:

  • Redbud Trail (began in May)
  • Yaupon Valley Road
  • Laurel Valley Road
  • Westlake Drive

To accommodate the delay, the deadline for all projects was moved from June 2025 to July 2025, but there will be no impact to the overall cost of the package, said Jennifer Bills, the director of building and development services.

While the Camp Craft Road construction will cause temporary road closures, all other projects will only require partial lane closures, Ortega said.

The reason

Ortega said the original 60-day timeframe—from May 26 to Aug. 2—for the Camp Craft Road project did not account for the necessary utility updates along the road and the manufacturing time for the new culvert parts, which would have caused the project to overlap with the beginning of the 2024-25 school year.

Instead, utility updates will be made on Camp Craft and Eanes School Road this summer, prior to the actual road construction.

"This [new start date] will put major road closures at the end of the school year and get us past football season," Ortega said at the meeting.